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Poll: What Do You Think of the Michelin Stars?

The Michelin Guide is most famous for awarding the Michelin Stars, designations of fine dining. Even a single Michelin star is considered a profound honor, while two or three are said to indicate the best restaurants in the world. That said, it's often said that the Michelin inspectors aren't the best arbiters of cuisine: they have a distinctly French bias, they don't necessarily understand the dining culture of the cities they're in, or they tend to take the trappings of service and decor more seriously than the food. What do you think of the Michelin guide? » Take the poll » More

Meet & Eat: Jean-Luc Naret, Director of the Michelin Guide

Last week, Michelin unleashed its 2011 New York City restaurant ratings guide. One of the most important industry publications, Michelin's stars can alter the course of restaurants new and old. I chatted with Michelin's director Jean-Luc Naret about the application process of a Michelin inspector, the lifestyle, and why they are so strict about anonymity. More

2010 San Francisco Bay Area Michelin Guide Announced

Just announced: The star rankings of the Michelin 2010 Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country. The highlights? Three Stars: The French Laundry is still alone at the top Two Stars: Coi, Cyrus, Manresa, and The Restaurant at Meadowood take the two-stars Newbies: Aziza, Commis, La Toque, Luce, Sante, Terra and Ubuntu all get their first star The full list, after the jump.... More

Chinese Chef Awarded Three Michelin Stars

Chan Yan Tak, one of whose dim sum dishes was once described as "like eating clouds," has become the first Chinese chef to be awarded three Michelin stars. Despite the celestial nature of his cooking, we're told that the executive chef of Hong Kong's Lung King Heen is a very modest man. With no formal culinary training, he started working in kitchens at the age of 13. Mr. Chan is in good company. Only one other restaurant in the Hong Kong-Macau Michelin Guide unveiled today was awarded the maximum three stars; it's run by a chef you may have heard of—Joël Robuchon. Take a peek at Lung King Heen's menu. Of particular note is the Children's Menu, which is split... More

Additions to 2009 SF, Bay Area, Wine Country Michelin Guide

The 2009 edition of the San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Michelin Guide goes on sale tomorrow. Here's word on the starrage: "The French Laundry remains the sole Michelin three-star selection, Coi joins the ranks of Michelin two-star restaurants, and Murray Circle, Plumed Horse, Trevese and The Village Pub join the Michelin one-star selections." $11.53, from Amazon.com... More

Zagat vs. Yelp: A Restaurant Review 2.0 Showdown?

Randall Stross compared Yelp and Zagat in the New York Times on Sunday. While he correctly noted that Yelp now covers more restaurants than Zagat, and uses this as a launching pad to compare and contrast the two companies, he leaves out the most relevant points. Most notably, he completely whiffs on recent business goings-on in the world of user-generated restaurant reviews. My first question is what do serious eaters think about both Zagat and Yelp? And while you ponder that, here's what Stross should have pointed out in his comparison.... More

Michelin Guide 2.0: Less Red Book Covers Involved

ViaMichelin.com How does an over one-century-old restaurant rating publication translate to the digital era? It lets diners not on Michelin's payroll do most of the work. Taking a Yelp-ian approach to user-generated content, the recently-revamped ViaMichelin site offers a forum for cuisine discussion, real-time traffic updates, interactive maps, Microsoft-powered satellite images, digital trip planners and mobile phone accessibility, all free. Back in 1900, the original Michelin guide was also free in an effort to promote tourism; only in 1920 did the red books start costing you. ViaMichelin again demonstrates the value of free information, but so far, the site is pretty ugly and slim on content, even if three-million users are registered, as German weekly magazine Spiegel reports. This isn't... More

Japanese Michelin Guide: It's Been a Rough Ride So Far

In a further attempt at globalizing its brand, the Michelin Guide has, as we reported last March, now been introduced in Japan. New York Times reports today that,-->As was the case when Michelin introduced its American guides in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, the ride has not been all that smooth. Lots of interesting stuff in this New York Times story: Many Japanese food critics, pundits, and serious eaters feel that the Michelin folks do not have the expertise and experience to properly judge Japanese food, although, like Michelin's American forays, it has enlisted the help of locals. I have always been skeptical about Michelin's American efforts.... More

Michelin, Yelp, Zagat: Who Can We Believe?

The Wall Street Journal runs an article questioning the validity of online restaurant reviews by writers who are comped their meals. Two days later, Michelin releases its 2008 New York restaurant guide. These two events provide a perfect opportunity to discuss the relative merits of reviews and judgments rendered every which way, from on high (Michelin and the New York Times) to online (Yelp, Zagat, and food blogs). More

Michelin Guide Invades Tokyo

This November, Michelin will be publishing its premiere Tokyo Guide, marking the first time France's renowned bible of gastronomy has set its gaze outside of Europe and North America. As you might well imagine, local purists are agog at the idea of outsiders judging their food, but "to quell concern that Michelin's ratings would impose French tastes on centuries-old Japanese customs, Michelin dispatched both Japanese and European food critics to Tokyo's eateries, company spokeswoman Yoko Ikejima said. "Our staff is fully trained to base their evaluations on Michelin's universal standards, as well as on a full understanding of local traditions," Ikejima said."... More

The Epicurean Masters of the World

If you've got $25,000 lying around that you don't know what to do with and you've got December 2nd free, buy yourself a seat at Thailand's Epicurean Masters of the World grand finale dinner—six chefs des cuisines with three Michelin Stars apiece will be flown in from France and Italy to contribute one or two signature dishes to the menu, each paired with one of the world's most exquisite wines. The chefs: Antoine Westermann of Buerehisel (Alsace, France), Chef Jean Michel Lorain of La Cote Saint Jacques (Joigny, France), Chef Marc Meneau of L’Esperance (Vezelay, France), Chef Luisa Valazza of Al Sorriso (Piedmont, Italy) Chef Heinz Beck of La Pergola (Rome, Italy) and Chef Annie Feolde of Enoteca Pinchiorri (Florence,... More

Michelin France

Adrian Moore peeks at French papers for the first look at the French Michelin Guide results for 2007. Here's the Le Figaro article in French. Promoted: Anne-Sophie Pic's Maison Pic (making her the first three-starred woman), Philippe Barbot and Christophe Rohat's l'Astrance, Frédéric Anton's Le Pré Catelan, Yannick Alléno's Le Meurice. Demoted: Marc Veyrat's recently sold La Ferme de Mon Père, Le Cinq, Philippe Legendre's George V, Le Taillevent, Bueherisel, L'Esperance (which just declared bankruptcy).... More

Michelin madness

I went to the ridiculous party Michelin threw for its new New York Red Guide to hotels and restaurants. There were lots of chefs there. In typically haughty French fashion, the invitation requested we wear ties (I'm surprised they didn't... More

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